Oct. 7, 2005
Fullerton, Calif. - Despite Sarah Morrison's third-consecutive 23-kill game and its first game win in nine matches, Cal State Fullerton fell 3-1 (30-28, 18-30, 29-31, 27-30) to UC Santa Barbara in a tight Big West Conference match-up at Titan Gym Friday night.
With the win, the Gauchos evened their record at 7-7 and improved in Big West Conference play to 3-1. Cal State Fullerton could not hold off Santa Barbara again and fall to 11-6, 3-1. The Titans are now 0-50 all-time against the Gauchos.
Four Gauchos collected double-digits led by Janine Sandell who collected 18 overall. Megan Blackshire tallied 14 kills in 27 attempts, committing just one error, to hit .481 on the night.
Titan senior Sarah Morrison hit a career-high 23 kills for the third match in a row and hit a powerful .419 to pace the Titans and lead all players in the losing effort. She also led with 25 total points on the night.
Both Vanessa Vella for the Titans and Emily Hendrickson for the Gauchos dug 28 attempted kills to lead all players from the back row.
With their win in Game One the Titans were victorious in their first game in over nine matches (27 games), having not come out on top since the first game of the Oct. 13, 2000 match at Titan Gym.
Despite all the points that were scored, neither team hit for average as UCSB hit just .211 to CSFs .190. Santa Barbara committed 29 attack errors and 10 service errors, while the Titans unfortunately kept pace with 27 and 13 of their own.
Fullerton's Amanda Pfielschiefter collected 6 block assists to keep up with Santa Barbara's Brett Quirarte who also had 6 block assists to lead all the players in that category. Fullerton's Alyssa Opeka nabbed the games only solo block.
Titan setter Julie Geissert hit the 50-assist plateau for the fourth time this season leading all players with 51. She also tallied two aces from the service line. Olivia Waldowski had 4 aces for the Gauchos.
Fullerton will return to action, as Cal Poly will come to Fullerton for a 7 p.m. match at Titan Gym Tomorrow night, Oct. 8.